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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Bending Notes' in the forum. 49 minutes ago

An A harmonica will be the easier of the two mentioned to bend in the upper register; the blow bends
in holes 8,9,10. Because the reeds are so short and the tolerances so close the C harmonica will be
a bit more difficult to play the blow bends in the upper 8-10 register. Difficult but not impossible, approach
these bends slowly. The draw bends in the two harmonicas you mention are in my opinion equal as far
the difficulty in facilitating the bends (holes 1-6 draw), as the reed slots are the same length in many
models allowing for the reeds to have the same shape but different weight for tuning/pitch. Because
these reeds are approximately the same length you can expect similar response. Hohner and other
vendors use what is known as Short Slot and Long Slot reed plates. The harmonica key C and down to
G (and low pitched harmonicas) are in the Long Slot category. Keys D and above are Short Slot.
So to sum you may notice a difference in draw bend difficulty in say an A harp and an F harp. However,
difficulties in bending cannot be ever solely attributed to the harmonica, how we shape our mouth cavity
is a bigger factor in developing a correct bend, your mouth shape will change ever so slightly with each
bend be it blow or draw bend.
Reed

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greek1953 created a new topic ' Bending Notes' in the forum. 3 hours 27 minutes ago

Is it easier to bend on key of A or C harmonica?

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BruceRoscoe created a new topic ' From the west' in the forum. 4 hours ago

Here I am in beautiful Arizona. I love the harmonica! I've never been any good at it since business and family always came first. My best friends father found a harmonica in a cabinet one year when we rented a cottage on the beach one year when I was about ten. I never forgot how he took that harmonica out and played it! Was I impressed! Now around 57 years later I'm trying it again. If I play my cards right, with enough help in another ten years at 77, I'll start a ragamuffin band. We can always play at senior living centers to the old folks. Just saying

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JamesA replied to the topic 'New to the new site' in the forum. 12 hours 6 minutes ago

Welcome aboard erk,
Just noticed Detroit on your profile
I lived in Taylor Michigan from 1989 to 1994
Check out Siskos Bar if its still there. It was on the corner of Oakwood Boulevard and Vanborn Road. There were some great blues sessions there.

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erk created a new topic ' New to the new site' in the forum. 13 hours 24 minutes ago

Howdy everyone,

First, I think the new site is great! Kudos to the designer.

I received a harmonica as a Christmas gift 3 Christmases ago and fooled around with it for a while but never got serious with it. I decided either I would learn to play or just forget about it. I decided to learn to play it.

I have been taking lessons now for about 2 and a half years. It is slow going and at times discouraging but I am determined to stay with it. My one disappointment is that I do not know any musicians and my effort to find someone with similar experience has not panned out but I keep looking.

Keep On Harping everyone!

ERK

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richardarmstrong created a new topic ' New member' in the forum. 15 hours 33 minutes ago

Hi,
I'm Richard and live in Portarlington Australia

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richardarmstrong commented on Dexer's video 16 hours 3 minutes ago

Nice tone Dexer.

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Irishscot replied to the topic 'Hello again from Scotland!' in the forum. 18 hours 33 minutes ago

Hi Jim
yes you are correct. Not many tremolo players around
Seems to be a sort of Celtic music thing.

I play mostly tremolo and will post some recordings when I have worked out how to do it on U Tube
At 77 the grey materis slowing doiwn
Regards
Irish Scot

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Reed Smith created a new topic ' Buy,Sell, Swap' in the forum. yesterday

@James,
I really enjoy For Sale, Buy, Trade, sections of harmonica related sites I visit.
I have made many friends and done some great deals thru these pages.
Thank you for offering the service here.
@All, If anyone is interested I have a couple harp amps, harp mics, guitar, and
several custom harmonicas I am letting go of, send me a message if you
want more info.
Reed

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george created a new topic ' great new idea' in the forum. yesterday

Wow! For those who don't know, you can click on a button and be told when someone is responding to a topic you have entered. But something new has been added! I just got a note that someone had responded to the hootbox topic, but new to this the e-mail included the new comment! How cool, and what a great addition. Thanks to Seamus and all who have the know-how to make things better.
Geo.
Oh, yeah. Thanks for the research and info, Reed.

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Hootbox pic' in the forum. yesterday

Davey Godman copied the Hohner Harmonette. The Harmonette was first introduced in 1909,
Hohner put out some re-issues a few years ago, I remember them being red with a
silk screening on them, and at the time were made of Black Forest Pine. You may
search some vendors or the web for photos, descriptions, or availability. What Davey and
George are building look very similar and I am guessing perform the same, however I am
a big proponent of "sonic resonance" simply meaning difference in density of materials used
in making the body can have an effect on the tone of the "box". The term "Hoot Box", as best
I can find, comes from down under way and were/are very popular in New Zealand and Australia.
Reed

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Overblow on Hole Six' in the forum. yesterday

Getting the blow reed to stop is the first step toward an overblow, close gapping the blow
reed can help as well as gapping the draw reed a bit closer. As far as embouchure for the
overblow in hole six use the same embouchure as the draw bend (half step) in hole six, this
will allow for the same resonance shape in your mouth. A practice is to hit the draw bend in
hole six and them while holding the same resonant mouth shape try to hit the blow bend. The
other way of familiarizing yourself with the sound of the bend (the pitch raises) is to remove the
mouth covers from your harmonica and manually stopping the blow reeds activation. Hearing
the pitch of the bend is a great help in forming your mouth to the correct resonance.
I repair and do custom harmonica builds (hence the handle) I can tell you that a harmonica set
up to facilitate overblows will not be as responsive as one set up to play to its optimum, The
overblow is a compromised harmonica that will not respond to an aggressive attack because
the reed tolerances are so close. A hard attack will cause the reed to choke off and not sound
at all, remember that the overblow needs no more force to play than a normal bend.
You can find much more info on overblows here: www.overblow.com
If you have any questions regarding set up or maintenance of your harmonica feel free to post
I will do my best to answer promptly and to the best of my ability.
Reed

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JamesA replied to the topic 'Maybe you are lucky' in the forum. yesterday

Hi Knud and welcome to the new site. Its great to have you here. I intend rebuilding the tab page but it may take a while. The old site was starting to fail because the software was no longer being updated and becoming vulnerable to attack, so I had to act fast which means it'll be a while before this site is fully built.
I've started another discussion where people can suggest tab sites for addition to our links page. Hopefully this will be helpful.

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JamesA created a new topic ' Suggest tab sites' in the forum. yesterday

I'm going to add a list of tab sites to our links page, so if some of you could recommend sites that would help me :)

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greek1953 thanked Dexer in topic Harmonica choices yesterday
Knud added a video. yesterday

Aux Champs Elysees

1. position. Acoustic.

Knud created a new topic ' Maybe you are lucky' in the forum. yesterday

The previous/old site had a Tabs-section with hundreds of tabs for songs you can't find anywhere else. I know because i, among others, made a whole bunch of them. They are gone now!! I don't really care - because i learned a lot by doing them. You have to listen really carefully to the song to make them. Also you have to think which position is the best to play in.

If you need some advice (in this seection some tabs) about how to play a song - then post here in this forum. Just remember to be precise about it. A link to the song at Youtube will do.

Before posting use Google - maybe they already are made. There are several places with tabs. One of them is www.harptabs.com/ - but they are not all good. But try - lots and lots.

Maybe someone could post some links, where it's easy to find tabs - maybe here:: www.harmonicaclub.com/home/harmonica-links

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Knud replied to the topic 'Hello everyone' in the forum. yesterday

hb12 wrote:

I thought that the previous website had a number of songs listed with the appropriate designations for playing but have not been able to find this. I am not sure if I am confusing web sites.

The previous/old site had a Tabs-section with hundreds of tabs for songs you can't find anywhere else. I know because i, among others, made a whole bunch of them. They are gone now!! I don't really care - because i learned a lot by doing them. You have to listen really carefully to the song to make them. Also you have to think which position is the best to play in.

If you need some advice about how to play a song - then post here in this forum. Just remember to be precise about it. A link to the song at Youtube will do.

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